Book Review – Say Yes to the Marquess

Posted July 12, 2018 by Kathy in 5 stars, Book Review / 3 Comments

Book Review – Say Yes to the MarquessSay Yes to the Marquess Series: Castles Ever After #2
by Tessa Dare
Published by Avon Books on December 30, 2014
Genres: Adult Historical Romance
Pages: 384
Format: Ebook
Source: Purchased
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Your presence is requested at romantic Twill Castle for the wedding of Miss Clio Whitmore and... and... ?

After eight years of waiting for Piers Brandon, the wandering Marquess of Granville, to set a wedding date, Clio Whitmore has had enough. She's inherited a castle, scraped together some pride, and made plans to break her engagement.

Not if Rafe Brandon can help it. A ruthless prizefighter and notorious rake, Rafe is determined that Clio will marry his brother—even if he has to plan the dratted wedding himself.

So how does a hardened fighter cure a reluctant bride's cold feet?
● He starts with flowers. A wedding can't have too many flowers. Or harps. Or cakes.

● He lets her know she'll make a beautiful, desirable bride—and tries not to picture her as his.

● He doesn't kiss her.

● If he kisses her, he definitely doesn't kiss her again.

● When all else fails, he puts her in a stunning gown. And vows not to be nearby when the gown comes off.

● And no matter what—he doesn't fall in disastrous, hopeless love with the one woman he can never call his own.

Say Yes to the Marquess is another swoon worthy romance from Tessa Dare. I loved this book!

This is the second book in the Castles Ever After series, but it is a standalone.  Each book is a standalone and it is the castle settings that ties them together.

Why did I love this book?

  • Clio is a strong main character and I loved her from the start. Clio Whitmore has been engaged to the Marquess of Granville for 8 years and is tired of waiting for him to return home for them to wed. While the Marquess has been away serving his country, Clio has been groomed to be the perfect wife. She studied foreign etiquette, world events, agricultural news and land management, her mother claiming this would prepare her to converse with her husband on any topic. Clio enjoyed studying as it passed the time while she was waiting for her fiancé to return. But the studying and the waiting sparked her need for independence. She has inherited a castle and has plans for the land, but first she must end her engagement. Since the Marquess is no where to be found Clio seeks the approval of his brother, Rafe. From the moment the book starts I loved Clio’s spunk. She is determined to take control of her life, even though society expects her to be a perfect wife.
  • Rafe is charming and sexy, but also misunderstood. He has always lived in the shadows of his perfect brother. Never being good enough for his father, Rafe becomes a prizefighter. For once he feels approval from his fans. Rafe wants nothing to do with the family estate and can’t wait for his brother to return to take over the estate. When Clio asks for his help to end the engagement Rafe does everything he can to change her mind (and save his future). But the tough exterior slowly breaks away as Clio and Rafe spend time together. A vulnerable Rafe will have you melting and cheering him on for a happily ever after ending.
  • The romance between Clio and Rafe is a slow build, but it works perfectly. There is sexy banter and passionate moments that made it fun to watch their feelings for each other grow.
  • I loved the humor Tessa Dare always brings to her books and Say Yes to the Marquess was hilarious. Rafe holds nothing back as he tries to plan Clio’s wedding, which leads to sweet and funny moments.


Would I recommend this book?

Yes! I love Tessa Dare’s writing and this is a must read for historical romance fans.  There is romance, heart-warming moments and humorous scenes that will keep you entertained and wanting more.

Rating Report
Overall: five-stars

About Tessa Dare

Tessa Dare is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of twelve historical romance novels and four novellas. Her books have won numerous accolades, including Romance Writers of America’s prestigious RITA® award and multiple RT Book Reviews Reviewer’s Choice Awards. Booklist magazine named her one of the “new stars of historical romance," and her books have been contracted for translation in a dozen languages.

A librarian by training and a booklover at heart, Tessa makes her home in Southern California, where she lives with her husband, their two children, and a pair of cosmic kitties.

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3 responses to “Book Review – Say Yes to the Marquess

    • Kathy

      Thank you Lark! I’m tackling my tbr so it feels good to finally get caught up on her books.